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5ive, A1, Damage and 911 are doing a massive ‘90s boy band nostalgia gig

Slam dunk da funk!

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The ‘90s were a golden era for boy bands, with the decade swimming in so many curtain-rocking groups of lads it was hard to keep up with them all.

Now some of the biggest supergroups are reuniting to bring you one massive boy band nostalgia tour.

The Boys Are Back tour will see 5ive, A1, Damage and 911 combine to play a load of gigs across the country early this year – including a healthy number of shows in the North.

5ive are leading the comeback, playing classics like When The Lights Go Out, Keep On Movin’, Everybody Get Up and, of course, Slam Dunk Da Funk.

Joining them will be late ‘90s boy band A1, R&B group Damage and pop group 911 – making the tour an all-British affair.

The official 5ive Twitter account posted: “We’re excited to announce that we’ll be joining A1, Damage & 911 at venues all over the UK in February and March on The Boys are Back Tour! Four acts, one unforgettable night!”

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They’ll be doing gigs across the North, in Blackburn, Carlisle, Newcastle, York, Sheffield, Hull, Liverpool and Manchester.

The tour is throughout February and March, and hits the 02 Apollo in Manchester on Friday March 6th – for the full list of dates, more info and tickets, head over to the ticket site here.

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A magical real-life mermaid show is coming to Sea Life Manchester this Autumn

This looks incredible!

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Sea Life Manchester is launching limited-edition evening events to keep you and the kids entertained throughout Autumn, and they’re kicking off with a mesmerising mermaid event. 

If you’re looking for a spectacular show to treat the kids to – this is definitely it! 

Complete with actual real-life mermaids (sort of), watch an enchanting routine of the magical creatures swimming alongside the many other creatures at Sea Life. 

The after-hours event is taking place on Friday nights, starting this Friday, September 25th, until October 16th, giving guests plenty of chance to witness the magical mermaid show. 

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Speaking on the launch Stuart Jarman, General Manager at Manchester Cluster, Merlin Entertainments, said: ”The response of guests to the re-opening of our attractions Sea Life Manchester and Legoland Discovery Centre here at Barton Square has been incredible.

“As we continue to safely and responsibly welcome guests back to SEA LIFE Manchester, we’re delighted to launch a programme of extra-special events that promise to inspire, excite and educate guests of all ages on the wonders of ocean life.

“Our real-life mermaids are incredible and a real visual experience. They’re loved by our creatures, who love to engage with them, as much as our visitors.”

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Tickets, which are £21.95 for adults and £16.95 for children (kids under three go free), also get you full access to the family attraction. 

You can get up close to sharks, octopuses, stingrays, and giant green sea turtles. Plus there are loads more to see, as Sea Life is home to over 1,000 wondrous creatures! 

Tickets are limited and the Mermaid event, the first in the series, is likely to sell out quickly! 

Find out more information and book tickets here

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The UK’s first socially distanced outdoor drag show is coming to Manchester this week

This will be amazing!

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Freight Island will be hosting the UK’s very first outdoor and socially distant drag tour, and it features some massive names. 

The show, Klub Kids Manchester presents Squirrel Friends 2, is coming to Escape to Freight Island this week. 

In September there will be a huge line up of pop and drag acts, fully following the government’s social distancing guidelines. 

Book your table at Escape to Freight Island and get tickets to the two-hour show, Drag Market, food stalls plus drinks via table service and plenty of artist merchandise too!

The line-up includes The Vivienne who fans will know from Drag Race UK, Jimbo the drag Clown and Rock M Sakura from season 12 of Drag Race.

There will also be S Club, Vinegar Strokes, Erika Klash and Donna Trump on the lineup, so safe to say you’re in good hands! 

The night will be packed full of entertainment from 5pm all the way until midnight. 

Squirrel Friends 2 will be at Freight Island Wednesday, September 23rd, and tickets cost £20 per person.

You can book your tickets here now. 

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A new Brazilian bottomless brunch with endless sangria on tap is coming to Manchester

This looks so good!

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You can’t beat a bottomless brunch, with nonstop booze and good food – it’s what Sundays are made for.

But what could make a bottomless brunch even better? Well, how about ENDLESS SANGRIA ON TAP alongside some top notch Brazilian food? Yep, that’ll do it.

And Manchester’s very own KBOM Bar & Kitchen is doing just that, launching their ‘Domingo sem Fundo‘ – which roughly translates as ‘Bottomless Sundays’ – this weekend.

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You can choose a starter and a main alongside bottomless drinks for 90 minutes for just £22.95 per person, with a wide range of Brazilian and Portuguese dishes to pick from.

Starters include Rissois de Quejio – deep-fried cheese croquettes – or Pao de Quejio, cheesy dough balls which are the most popular street food snack over in Brazil.

You can also grab Asas Grelhadas, which is Portuguese style grilled chicken wings, marinated and cooked in either lemon and herb or KBOM’s very own Piri Piri seasoning.

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When it comes to mains, there’s loads of authentic Brazilian and Portuguese dishes, like Bitoque – a Portuguese take on steak and eggs – and Frango Grelhado, which is half a grilled Piri Piri spiced chicken with fries.

There’s also the Burger da Onda – a steak and king prawn burger – alongside Espetada de Gambas, grilled king prawn skewers brushed with in-house made chilli and garlic seasoning.

If you want to go all out there’s the Picanha à Brasileira, Brazilian-style grilled sirloin steak served with black beans, rice and farofa seasoning.

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When it comes to drinks you’re really spoiled for choice, with bottomless Sangria straight from the tap, Caipirinhas (a top quality Brazilian cocktail), red, white or rose wine, Super Bock or Sagres lager, or if you’re off the booze there’s soft drinks as well.

KBOM’s bottomless Sunday brunches start this Sunday, September 20th, with three slots at 12:15-13:45, 14:00-15:30 and 15:45-17:15 – you can book in here.

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